Media Invitation: A Special Open Day in Trinidad and Tobago

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An array of alumni from the University of London International Programmes -- all of whom have followed distinct career-paths in a range of fields including Business, the Civil Service, Law and IT -- will be available for interview at the Open Day Media Briefing, on Saturday 11 June, at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Venue: La Boucan Room, Hilton Hotel, Lady Young Road, Port of Spain
Date: Saturday 11 June 2011
Time: 1.30pm - Media Briefing; 2.00pm-6.00pm – Open Day

An array of alumni from the University of London International Programmes -- all of whom have followed distinct career-paths in a range of fields including Business, the Civil Service, Law and IT -- will be available for interview at the Open Day Media Briefing, on Saturday 11 June, at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Amongst the alumni will be Leon Leslie Williams, who successfully completed a LLB with the University of London International Programmes and is now employed as a Corporate Secretary/ Attorney-at-Law, by Gulf Insurance Ltd in Trinidad and Tobago.

As a teenager, Leon wanted to become a lawyer but his parents didn’t have the financial means to support him. Reflecting on this time, he said: “I drew a map from where I was, to where I wanted to be, and I weighed up the cost of getting there. I asked myself whether I wanted it so badly that I was prepared to make the necessary sacrifices. The answer to this question was yes, and the story just unfolded as I went along, one year at a time”.

Deborah Ragoonath-Rajkumar, also an LLB graduate, and now a National Tax Manager for BP in Trinidad and Tobago, joined a local college for teaching support. Of this experience, she said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous class arguments on various points of Law. Sometimes there was no winner, as we generally agreed to disagree”.

“I certainly feel much more enriched having attained this degree”, she added. Deborah will also be present at the Open Day, and is happy to share her experience of being a student with the University of London International Programmes.

Staff from the University of London International Programmes will also be on hand, including Dr James Busuttil, Director of the Postgraduate Laws Programme, Rosie Gosling, Director of the University of London International Programmes at LSE, Simon Askey and Michael Davis from the Undergraduate Laws Programme, and Claire Charles, Administrative Officer from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Some of the 52,000 students studying worldwide with the University of London International Programmes opt for self-study, whilst others choose to join a local college and receive academic support. Trinidad and Tobago is no exception. Local colleges being represented at the Open Day include: the School of Business and Computer Science, Academy of Tertiary Studies (ATS), College of Legal Studies, Institute of Law and Academic Studies, Institute of Tertiary Tutors and K Beckles and Associates Law Tutors.

The Open Day will begin immediately after the Media Briefing, and aims to give prospective students the chance to find out more about studying with the University of London International Programmes from both alumni and University of London staff. Potential students will also be able to check whether they meet the entry requirements and receive guidance on making an application.

Contacts:
(Prior to the event) Binda Rai: +44 (0) 20 7862 8545
(On the day) Katherine Bull: +44 (0)77868 43365

Notes for Editors

  • More than 3,000 students are currently studying in Trinidad and Tobago for a University of London degree through the University of London International Programmes.
  • The University of London International Programmes is a unique global network of 50,000 students in over 190 countries, on more than 100 study programmes ranging from social sciences to law to health.
  • Former students and alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners (notably the Caribbean’s Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992) and the Honourable Arthur N. R. Robinson, the former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Between 1949 and 1969, University College of the West Indies (now know as the University of the West Indies) awarded University of London degrees.
  • The University of London is recognised by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) as an awarding institution. This recognition was granted in September 2009 for a period of seven years.
  • 390 people graduated from the University of London International Programmes in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010.
  • In April 2011, the University of London International Programmes held a graduation ceremony for law students in Port of Spain, attended by the President of Trinidad and Tobago, George Maxwell Richards, and more than 100 graduates.
  • The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Its founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.
  • In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System, known as the University of London International Programmes with effect from 1 August 2010. This makes the University of London International Programmes the world’s oldest provider of degrees through distance and flexible learning.
  • More information is available at http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/trinidad

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